Since their launch in 2019, AirPods have become an Apple bestseller, standing out for their wireless capabilities. Later on, the other versions added noise cancellation and other attributes which ended up making it one of the favorite accessories of its kind in the world. However, Apple could develop a health first for AirPods.
Pending an update to the AirPods and AirPods Pro, with various rumors already detailing expected design and feature changes, an Apple executive appeared to confirm that the headphones may have some incredible hidden functionality.
AirPods will collect health data
This health-related novelty for AirPods has been echoed by well-known Bloomberg analysts Ming-Chi Kuo and Mark Gurman in previous research notes and reports, respectively. Gurman’s latest update on the AirPods Pro 2 claimed they will include “Improved motion sensors with a focus on fitness tracking”.
The reports were based on statements from Apple’s vice president of technology, Kevin Lynch. The executive spoke to TechCrunch about Apple’s growing interest in healthcare and how the company has achieved this with the help of the Apple Watch. Lynch then spoke of the sensor fusion
“Today we are already doing sensor fusion in some devices, and I think there are all kinds of potentials here.”
Lynch has said openly that AirPods could collect health data points that could be used to adjust monitoring of health settings.